Quinton Jackson at his peak was one of the most feared men in mixed martial arts.
Jackson’s exploits are legendary: From his rivalries with Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva to his superhuman power-bomb knockout of Ricardo Arona, “Rampage” has remained a key figure in the sport for the better part of two decades. Jackson—a former King of the Cage and Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder—has struggled with consistency throughout his career due to an admitted lack of commitment to conditioning and training. While the Memphis, Tennessee, native’s well-publicized run-ins with the law and bizarre behavior outside the cage further complicate his legacy, his place among the all-time greats seems secure.
With Jackson’s next move uncertain, here are five things you might not know about him:
1. Quantity and quality beef up his resume.
Jackson owns victories over 10 men who won titles in either the UFC, World Extreme Cagefighting, Pride Fighting Championships, EliteXC, Bellator MMA or Strikeforce. He has defeated Liddell (twice), Silva (twice), Mike Pyle, Kevin Randleman, Murilo Bustamante, Lyoto Machida, Murilo Rua, Dan Henderson, Christian M’Pumbu and Muhammed Lawal.
2. He can call upon more than just brute force.
“Rampage” has four submission wins to his credit. He put away Marco Bermudaz with a rear-naked choke on May 13, 2000, dismissed Warren Owsley with an armbar on Oct. 28, 2000, subdued Dennis Henderson with a kimura on April 7, 2001 and dispatched Kenneth Williams with a rear-naked choke on June 17, 2001.
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3. He prefers not to waste time.
Jackson sports 17 first-round finishes on his resume, accounting for nearly half of his career total (38). In what remains his quickest stoppage as a professional, “Rampage” needed just 78 seconds to bury Ron Rumpf with punches at Continental Freefighting Alliance 2 in July 2000.
4. Extended beatings have been few and far between.
“Rampage” has landed at least 100 significant strikes in a single fight only once in his career. He connected for 100 of them in his rout of Liddell at Pride Final Conflict 2003, where he prompted a corner stoppage 3:10 into the second round of their middleweight grand prix semifinal.
5. Success has followed him at every stop.
Jackson holds a winning record in all 11 promotions with which he has competed: 12-5 in Pride, 8-5 in the UFC, 5-3 in Bellator, 4-0 in Gladiator Challenge, 3-1 in King of the Cage, 1-0 in the World Fighting Alliance, 1-0 in BattlArts, 1-0 in Dangerzone, 1-0 in the Continental Freefighting Alliance, 1-0 in Huntington Beach Underground Pancrase and 1-0 in the International Sport Combat Federation.
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